Minor earthquake felt near Attica

ATTICA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A small earthquake was reported two miles southeast of Attica early Friday morning.

Around 5:45 a.m., an earthquake with a magnitude of 1.7 was reported by the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake was 2 miles deep.

An earthquake of this magnitude is often not felt, according to Michigan Technological University. In this case, Jeannie Ingram, who works in Alexander near Route 20, says she felt a tremor, but initially believed it was just a semi-truck driving by.

The ground structure in the local region makes it so a tremor of any magnitude will emanate from the epicenter and be felt over a fair amount of territory.

They say around 900,000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 less happen every year. No damage was done by this particular earthquake.

MORE | Find a list of ways to prepare for earthquakes here.

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